Talent Cities is a partnership between Vista Unified School District, New Learning Ventures, the Vista Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses to expand young people's vision of themselves in the world of work. This program brings middle school students into the workplace. Allowing students to speak to employers and employees and see for themselves what it takes to be successful. More than a field trip, students engage in self-exploration activities and assessments, research priority sectors, and develop the background knowledge to make the most of the experience. In exchange, local business gets a voice on what young people are learning and experiencing, as well as valuable analytics about their future talent pool.